Healthy Pregnancy. Healthy Child. Happy Life.
Hi I'm Andrea Abenoza-Filardi - HHP, CWC, CHC, CD(DONA), CCCE, Certified Dr Sears LEAN and LEAN Expectations Coach.
I'm all about loving and supporting pregnant women...and I believe whole-living is the key to a healthy pregnancy, healthy child and happy, healthy life.
Wholistic Beginnings is a result of my years working with moms inside and outside of the delivery room. My mission is to give you tools that you can immediately use to improve the well-being of you and your family.
Did you know that the foundation of lifelong health and longevity begins during pregnancy and the first 10 years? When I came across these stats regarding our children (i.e., 1 in 10 kids are being diagnosed with some kind of neurological disorder), it made me terribly sad. I absolutely love children; they are our greatest assets and I believe we need to give them the best start possible. That's why I created Wholistic Beginnings so that I can help expecting mothers, dads and partners:
- Get healthier so you can have a healthier baby and better recovery.
- Prepare for pregnancy and childbirth, not to mention when your loved one comes home.
- Feel more confident in the decisions you make regarding your family's health and well-being.
- Learn how to make better food choices and create a healthier lifestyle.
Please think of me as your Friend…who just happens
to know a thing or two about health and wellness.
The Day That Changed
My Life Forever
When I was 12 years old, my mom gave birth to my sister. It was a day that would change my life forever! Ever since, I've had a passion for pregnant women, babies, children, nutrition, health and exercise; in high school, I read books on parenting instead of all the romance books my friend's were reading. My little sister was my world!
While also in high school, I began teaching gymnastics and ran kinder gym programs. I became a certified aerobics instructor and personal trainer. Many years later, I completed my Pilates Certification course through Balance Body in Miami. I would also nanny for two families, with children from five months to three years old; I am so pleased they are still in my life.
Watch Andrea discuss how being at the birth of her sister, changed her world.
At age twenty, something else happened: I began modeling professionally, living and traveling all around the world. And while it was all exciting and eye-opening, something wasn't right. I began getting sick all the time from so many planes and time changes, new germs and not eating great; I was exhausted. While I knew a ton about fitness, something was missing. Then I picked up the book, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christiane Northrup, M.D. and my life changed forever — a second time. From there, I began reading as many books as I could on nutrition, psychology and anything regarding health. I couldn't get enough. It was my new world. And guess what — it all worked! Today, I am proud to say that I am super heathy and two decades later, still working as a model! I truly believe my longevity in the modeling business is because of my well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.
I wanted to know more, so I went back to school to learn all I could about nutrition, homeopathy, and herbal medicine. I am proud to write that I am a Holistic Health Practitioner, certified childbirth educator, certified doula, along with other certified listings you can find below.
I look forward to sharing with you my experience and all the things I've learned along the way. I want to assist parents and children in learning the benefits of eating better and living a healthier lifestyle. And more than anything, I want to help mothers have a healthier pregnancy and better childbirth experience.
Thank you for sharing this space with me.
American College of Healthcare Sciences. Accredited by the US Department of Education. Degree in Holistic Health Practice. Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition exam offered by the NANP.
Certifications and Certificates
Certified Dr. Sear's L.E.A.N. Coach (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition). Focusing on strategies that help everyone in the family have more energy, improved learning, better behavior and concentration, lower medical expenses, etc.
Certified Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. Expectations Coach. This focuses on lifestyle, exercise, and attitude choices vital for a healthy pregnancy. Including healthy eating, how to bond with your baby, and how to parent with less tension and more ease.
DONA Certified Birth Doula (Doulas of North America)
CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)
Certified in Plant Based Nutrition (Cornell University). Teaching the role of diet in disease.
Certified Homeopathic Consultant (American College of Healthcare Sciences). Accredited by the US Department of Education.
Certified in Wellness Consulting (American College of Healthcare Sciences). Accredited by the US Department of Education.
Certified in Nat 101 Nutrition, Bodycare and Herbalism (Australasian College of Health Science). Now the school is called American Collage of Healthcare Sciences. Accredited by the US Department of Education.
Completed a course called Nutrition For Your Healthy Pregnancy (Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum)
Completed a course for Nutrition for Pregnancy and Lactation. It is an accredited learning program for RD/DTR and DMA (CDM)
Currently taking a course called Herbal Medicine For Women with Aviva Romm, M.D.
Member of DASC (Doulas of Southern California)
Member of NANP (National Association of Nutrition Professionals)
Member of CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)
Member of ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association)
Member of APPPAH (The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health)
Evidence Based Birth® Professional Membership
Certificate of Participation — Introduction to Birthing From Within Mentor & Doula Workshop. Oct 21 - 23, 2011
Certificate of Completion — Breastfeeding Support for Doulas. March 12, 2011
Certificate of Attendance — Spinning Babies Workshop. February 4, 2011
Certificate of Training — "A Vision For Changing The Paradigm of Maternity Care in The 21st Century." January 6, 2012. By Ina May Gaskin, CPM.
Workshop on Prenatal Testing. March 16, 2011
Certificate of Completion — "From Womb To World," by Anna H. Verwaal, RN, CLE. March 4, 2012
Certificate of Completion — Hypnobirthing Support Techniques for Doulas. March 10, 2012
Certificate of Completion — Workshop with Penny Simpkins. March 31, 2012
Certificate of Participation — Infant Sleep Fundamentals. April 14, 2012
Certificate of Completion — "Baby Behavior 101: Teaching Parents to Understand Infant Cues, Crying & Sleeping." By Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCLC. September 29, 2012
Certificate of Completion — "The Hormonal Physiology of Childbirth, Breastfeeding, and Bonding," by Anna H. Verwaal, RN, CLE (researched based on the work of :Dr Sarah J Buckley, MD, Dr. Kerstin Uvas-Moberg, MD, PhD, Dr. Michel Odent, MD. March 3, 2013
Continuing Education — Progressive Practitioner Coaching Program. January 17 - March 21, 2013
Certificate of Participation — "Couples To Parents: Helping Relationships Transition to Parenthood" by Rhona Berens, PhD, CPCC. May 19, 2013
Continuing Education — The Gluten Summit by Dr. Thomas O'Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN, 2014
Certificate of Completion — "Tapping the Talents of Stem Cells" — February 24, 2014
Certificate of Attendance — "Breastfeeding & Maternal Mental Health" — April 16, 2014
Continuing Education — Day with Nils Bergman, M.D. MPH., PhD — "Scientific And Evidence Base For Skin-To-Skin Contact" — October 14, 2014
Continuing Education — "Make the Partner Do It" by Gina Kirby — Rebozo Certification — February 28, 2014
The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution Professional Mastermind - with Aviva Romm, M.D. - March 2017
Spinning Babies Workshop - with Tammy Ryan, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), SpBT - July 15, 2017